Before he was President: James Garfield
James Abram Garfield, 1881 canal
He was a preacher for about a year at a Christian church when he
decided to try his hand as principal of a high school in New York.
He didn't get that job however, so he went on to become an
instructor at the Eclectic Institute, where he was later promoted to
principal. ("Garfield," by Allan Peskin.).
While working in Buffalo, New York, his favorite dinner was a plate
of pickled herring, Swiss cheese, chops, and a quart of beer served
a local saloons. In 1863 Cleveland was 32 years old and received a
well paying sheriff's position in Buffalo County, where he
personally hanged two convicted murderers. He had the option to hire
someone else to do the physical work of hanging the individual
convicts, but both times chose to do the deed himself.
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